Whenever I first see the specs for a new edge computing system it never ceases to surprise me how much support we provide for legacy I/O standards like RS-232 that have long disappeared from the PC form factor.
I’m heading off to China today for a whistle-stop tour of Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen for our company’s Chinese New Year parties known as “weiya”. There was a time when I used to enjoy knocking back cups of Maotaijiu (white spirit) as part of the celebrations, but these days I’m a lot more restrained. My body simply doesn’t have the powers of recovery that it once had.
My first overseas trip of the year – to the crisp cold of Beijing rather than the pouring rain of Las Vegas. This is the view from my apartment this morning. It’s always a great pleasure, not to mention a huge relief, to see clear blue skies over the city. A perfect winter’s day is promised.
We have enjoyed considerable growth with our family of VPai turnkey solutions for 360-degree cameras that we launched last year. Our customers have found it a fast and efficient way of testing out this new market with minimal product development times and costs.
I have just spent a couple of highly-enjoyable couple of days at the China Children’s Computer Competition and Maker Contest finals sponsored by VIA and HTC. This is the tenth year that we have been supporting the event, and it’s interesting to see how its focus has evolved from promoting basic computing skills to encouraging innovation among elementary and high school students.
A flying visit to the VIA office in Fremont provided a welcome break from the stultifying heat and humidity of Taipei. My only gripe was the staggering cost of hotel accommodation in the area. Thank you, Tesla and Elon Musk.
We have just released a major update to the VPai app for Android integrating a raft of new features aimed at improving the overall user experience and making it easier to create attention-grabbing 360° images and videos.
When I was a student I don’t think I ever even heard the word internship, let alone felt the need to do one during my summer holidays. Whenever I required some cash to supplement my pocket money or grant (yes, I was lucky enough to go to university when they still existed), I would simply go and get a job – picking up lifelong lessons about the world of business along the way while collecting discarded trolleys in a supermarket car park, selling petrol and cigarettes in a gas station, and gutting turkeys in a slaughter house.
VIA Mobile360 is the second real-time immersive video system platform that we are developing. In contrast to VPai, which is focused on smart-phone-centric usage models, it’s been designed for in-vehicle automotive applications requiring heavy-duty computing power for processing HD video feeds from up to six cameras on the fly.
My trip to Shenzhen provided the perfect opportunity to catch up with the latest developments on our VPai 360-degree camera platform. While I can’t reveal the details yet, I’m excited by the progress that the team is making on both the hardware and the software fronts. Expect some interesting announcements in the coming months.